• Pricing From $6,995 pp*
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Auckland
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 14
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 21 Jan 2018
  • Returns 27 Jan 2018
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Discover one of New Zealand’s most picturesque regions, the Bay of Plenty, with the Grandchildren. An Intergenerational journey is a small group luxury travel experience designed to provide grandparents and parents alike the opportunity to spend precious time with their younger loved ones while exploring this fascinating destination in Bill Peach Journeys style.

From breathtaking views over Auckland city to sampling delicious local produce from Bay of Plenty farms, Māori cultural experiences, luge and gondola rides in Rotorua and exploring the enchanting world of Hobbiton, as seen in The Lord of the Rings movies, the children will be captivated, educated and engaged while the adults join in on selected activities and at times enjoy more adult pursuits such as wine tastings. The Leisure Leader will also supervise afternoon activities with the children while the adults take some quiet time. The accommodation is perfectly suited to each location and family appropriate. Join us to create memories to cherish for a lifetime with the younger people in your life.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 2 nights at the award winning 5 star centrally located Pullman Auckland
  • Visit growers in the Bay of Plenty and sample the delicious produce for which they are renowned
  • Experience an eco-adventure to White Island - New Zealand’s only active marine volcano
  • Gondola ride to the Skyline summit in Rotorua with luge rides and ziplining for the children and a winery tour and tasting for the adults
  • Incredible Māori cultural experiences at the Mataatua in Whakatane and Te Puia in Rotorua
  • Lunch and tour of the enchanting Hobbiton, famed from The Lord of the Rings movies
  • All touring, transfers and meals included
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director as well as a Leisure Leader who supervises and engages the children throughout

TOUR DEPARTURES

Tour Code IG1800
Departs 21 Jan 2018
Returns 27 Jan 2018
Price From $6,995 pp*
Single Supplement N/A
Day 1: ARRIVE AUCKLAND

Transfer from Auckland airport to the centrally located 5 star Pullman Auckland. Your welcome dinner will be hosted by your Journey Director tonight at Skycity, a perfect chance to meet your fellow travellers and the Leisure Leader. We will also visit the viewing platform at Sky Tower to enjoy the magnifcent sights of Auckland from the city to the Hauraki Gulf and beyond.

Overnight: Pullman Auckland

Day 2: AUCKLAND - TAURANGA

After breakfast we drive to Tauranga, a beautiful city resting on the sandy shores of the Bay of Plenty. The Bay of Plenty, named by Captain James Cook, is acclaimed for its fertile land and ideal growing conditions. Today we will visit local growers across the region and sample their delicious produce. Dinner and Kids Club at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: Trinity Wharf Tauranga

Day 3: TAURANGA - WHAKATANE

Today we drive to Whakatane, the “Sunshine Capital” of New Zealand and considered to be the artistic and cultural hub of the district. We will enjoy a cultural experience and learn the amazing story of Mataatua Wharenui, before being welcomed on to the marae and into the sacred house by way of the ancient ritual of pōwhiri. Marvel at the intricacy of the carved representations of the great chiefs of Ngāti Awa, before two of the most famous traditions of the tribe are brought to life in Hiko: Legends Carved in Light – the award winning Mataatua visitor experience.

This afternoon we visit Julian’s Berry Farm for afternoon tea to enjoy delicious freshly-picked, frozen and pick-your-own berries, along with a range of other local produce and products made with Julian’s berries. Dinner at a local restaurant followed by Kids Club at the hotel this evening.

Overnight: White Island Rendezvous

Day 4: WHAKATANE - WHITE ISLAND - ROTORUA

This morning we depart for an eco-adventure to White Island – New Zealand’s only active marine volcano! Discover an ever-evolving landscape of fumeroles, lava bombs, crystals, bubbling mud and the steaming acid lake. Transfer to Rotorua in time for an afternoon swim followed by dinner in Rotorua.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Day 5: ROTORUA

This morning we tour the Rotorua lakefront and Government gardens then head out to the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland to view boiling mud pools, colourful hot springs, fumaroles and Lady Knox geyser as she erupts! Today we will lunch at the award winning Stratosfare restaurant atop Mount Ngongotaha. We ride the Gondola to the Skyline summit and experience spectacular views of Lake Rotorua, the city and steaming geothermal vistas. Here we will enjoy locally sourced quality New Zealand produce while marvelling at the breathtaking view! Children will then enjoy the luge while the adults join in a winery tour and tasting.

Return to the hotel for an afternoon of fun in Kid’s Club before departing for a very special evening where you will be enriched with a deeper understanding of Māori traditions. Enjoy a mouth watering banquet of authentic Māori cuisine at a traditional Hangi, marvel at the breathtaking beauty of the geothermal valley under lights and experience an intimate concert performance.

Overnight: Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Day 6: ROTORUA - HOBBITON - AUCKLAND

Today we visIt “Middle-earth” at the Hobbiton Movie Set, the enchanting “Shire” that featured in The Lord of the Rings movies. Tantalise the senses in the sights, smells, sounds and tastes of the home of the Hobbits as we enjoy lunch and a tour. Return to Auckland in time for Kid’s Club followed by our farewell dinner this evening.

Overnight: Pullman Auckland

Day 7: DEPART AUCKLAND

After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the airport. Saying a fond farewell to new friends, we take away memories of an amazing New Zealand family adventure!


About Intergenerational Journeys

Our Intergenerational tours are short break journeys to incredible destinations for families – Grandparents, parents and their children.  The Leisure Leader will provide afternoon activities and supervision to entertain the children allowing some quiet time for the adults. In addition, the Journey Director will perform their usual duties of ensuring a seamless travel experience for the entire journey. Children must be 8 years or older to join this journey.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers and services of a dedicated Journey Director as well as a Leisure Leader dedicated to the children’s activities.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre Tour

Flights from your home port to Auckland are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to Auckland, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation in Auckland, at the commencement and conclusion of your journey.

Level of Fitness Required – Moderate

This journey is more challenging and designed for the more active traveller who is looking to venture off the beaten path. To fully participate in all activities, the traveller must be able to walk up to 1km on even surfaces unaided, travel by four-wheel drive vehicles along ungraded roads and walk up steps unassisted.  It is a requirement that all children are able to swim confidently.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)